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Revista médica de Chile

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GOMEZ, Alejandro  and  BORQUEZ, Pamela. Suicide by interruption of hemodialysis, in a patient with chronic renal failure: Analysis of one case. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2012, vol.140, n.6, pp.771-774. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872012000600012.

Background: In Chile, interruption of hemodialysis is cause of death in 0.37% of patients under this treatment. We report a 83-year-old woman suffering from chronic renal failure who withdrew from prolonged hemodialysis treatment. Biographical aspects, circumstances and the cause of death are analyzed from forensic and psychiatric points of view, highlighting attributes that allow classification of the death of this patient as suicide. Risk factors involved in this type of patients, as well as possible preventive measures are discussed.

Keywords : Renal insufficiency; Suicide.

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